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A Matter of Honor
Stardate 42506.5
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 34 (2.8)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes   IMDB   Commander William T. Riker
Levar Burton   IMDB   Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant Worf
Marina Sirtis   IMDB   Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton   IMDB   Wesley Crusher
Guest Cast:
Diana Muldaur   IMDB   Chief Medical Officer Katherine Pulaski
Colm Meaney   IMDB   Miles Edward O'Brien
John Putch   IMDB   Ensign Mendon
Christopher Collins   IMDB   Captain Kargan
Brian Thompson   IMDB   Lieutenant Klag
Peter Parros   IMDB   Tactical Officer
Laura Drake   IMDB   Vemka
Music:
Ron Jones   IMDB
Director:
Rob Bowman   IMDB
Teleplay:
Burton Armus   IMDB
Story:
Wanda M. Haight   IMDB
Gregory Amos   IMDB
Burton Armus   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 17
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 2.2
VHS   ST:TNG VHS 2.3
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #034: A Matter of Honor

Riker's loyalties are put to the test when he is assigned to a Klingon vessel which plans to attack the Enterprise.
Synopsis
A special exchange program brings a Benzite named Mendon aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise and gives Riker the opportunity to become the first Federation officer to serve on board a Klingon ship.

Riker's preparations for his assignment include a lesson from Lt. Worf about Klingons, who still maintain the barbaric view that brute strength rules. The lesson is put to immediate use on board the Klingon cruiser Pagh when First Officer Riker must overpower the Second Officer when he questions Riker's authority and loyalty.

Meanwhile, the U.S.S. Enterprise discovers that a virulent strain of bacteria is eating away at the hulls of both their ship and the Klingon vessel. As the Enterprise plots a course to intercept and warn the Pagh, the Klingons discover the bacteria and mistakenly believe the starship is responsible for it. Unable to communicate with the cloaked Pagh, the U.S.S. Enterprise becomes concerned and raises its shields, which the Klingons immediately interpret as an act of aggression.

As the Pagh prepares to attack the U.S.S. Enterprise, Riker produces and activates an emergency transponder supplied to him by Worf prior to his transfer. The captain of the Pagh seizes the device and is soon beamed aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. Now captain of the Pagh, Riker demands the surrender of Picard and the crew, allowing the Klingons to maintain their honor as warriors.

A short time later, the Enterprise aids in removing the bacteria from the Klingon ship and beams the Pagh's captain back to his vessel. Riker immediately surrenders his authority to the Klingon captain and returns to his duties on board the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Reviews

By Blackdahlia on 21 Sep 2007 03:12:10
Although this is my second favorite episode, preceded only by "The Inner Light", I could have done without Mendon. He was irritating me as much as he was irritating Worf. The beauty in this episode lies in Riker's experiences aboard the Pagh. From the eating experiences to the interactions he has with the crew, this is a foreign place for viewers and I felt I was experiencing things for the first time. Klag's line of, "You understand us better than we understand ourselves." as a compliment was...

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